Tuesday, 30 June 2015

That flying thing

You know, that thing where you put yourself on your horse and then throw the two of you over a stick held up by some plastic? We did that!
First we schooled, because this was the original plan for the day. And I have to say he was pretty awesome. Stand is still an issue. We can kind of do it, but we kind of have to fidget and can't possibly keep holding our back up. But other than that schooling went really well. So well in fact that we got the right canter lead every time we asked for it. Yay! So because he was so good we decided to pop him over a little 1' pole which then had to be raised because he was just gunning it hell for leather and needed something to think about. Popped it up to about 2'3" in the end and he jumped it much better. Still definitely need his waterford for jumping as I had little to no control going into it in the lozenge but he was controllable after once it was up past 2' and didn't buck or throw his head down after so I was very happy. I even took him over a little make shift cross country jump (a branch and some tyres) which I expected him to have a shit fit at but he impressed me and actually went over it with no tantrums. Very much a happy Emma!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Super Sunday

Yesterday was such a good day, marred only by the fact that Beth was ill and couldn't come join in with our shenanigans so we'll have to do it all again one day soon.
In the morning we fetched Star down to our yard and him and Sparkie played jumping over a little course Beth had set up for us earlier in the week. They were both really good, Sparkie was a bit dismayed that I was making him jump such small obstacles but he was very good about it as usual lol. Afterwards we took them for a hack to cool down and they were fab.

Then after we dropped star off at home we came back (after a pit stop for lunch) and rode Sunny. And we cantered yay! Left canter was good, took him a sec to realise I actually did mean canter yes please Sunny but once he realised we were fine and had some lovely left canter. Right....well....maybe one day we'll have a right canter. We tried putting a pole down as a guide to tell him to go into canter and he got that pretty quickly and took off at the pole...into left canter...going right. At least he tried. We never actually got right canter this right but it's been such a long time since I asked him to school the canter that I let it go and we'll try again next time :)

Saturday, 20 June 2015

More scoping

Sunny had his follow up scope on Wednesday and his ulcers are healing nicely, yay! We're now down to half dose of omeprazole for two weeks and then we'll just use it when we're traveling, jumping or doing anything particularly strenuous. We can now come back into more work but realistically that's probably not going to happen until next weekend because I'm on nights this week. But I promise there will be updates and I haven't abandoned this blog completely.
We did go for a hack last week, it wasn't the best hack we've ever had but it certainly wasn't the worst and I think we can definitely work with it.
In other news, puberty has finally hit and Sunny has recently grown a fetching mustache....and apparently bleached it.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Back to work

Rode Sunny again today, this time we actually had a 'real' ride (being an actual decent length of time). He worked really well and was working forward with his back end and over tracking really nicely. I've realised that I have an issue with forgetting about one body part when I focus on another, so while I was focusing on keeping my elbows soft and shoulders relaxed I was tensing up in my pelvis and essentially blocking his ability to really move forward and swing his back. So then I had to work on controlling multiple body parts at once which clearly is something I'm not very good at. It made a difference though because when I concentrated on keeping my elbows and pelvis both loose he was much more forward and freely moving into the bridle. Beth had a little go after me and did some stirrup-less work since she was in little pumps which fell off pretty quick.

And then we went to a tack shop, because when we were at the show with Star the other week they had a stall and I saw a saddle cloth and fly veil that I really, really wanted but I didn't have my purse. So I had to fix that.
So much pretty!

Monday, 8 June 2015

I rode my pony!

Finally rode Sunny on Thursday for the first time since his gastroscope, the plan is to take it really easy with him and just do gentle work to get him back up to speed, we'll start working a little bit harder once he has started treatment for his anaemia as I'm fully aware anaemia can make you very tired and lethargic.
We just had a very short ride, maybe 10-20 minutes. Started off in walk, worked on halt, staying halted, backing up and just general transitions then added some trotting in with more transitions and lots of stretching. He was a really good boy and his trot felt so lovely and floaty, I was even able to do quite a bit of sitting trot which is normally quite hard for me on Sunny so that was lovely.
When I last cleaned by tack I accidentally put my stirrups back on jumping length....oops

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

We're still alive!

Wow it's been far too long since I blogged but I promise we are all still here.
Sunny finished up his 10 days on antibiotics on Saturday, he's still carrying on with the omeprazole and will need some red cell supplementation after his follow up scope (which is booked for the 17th) but it's now time to get back to some gentle work!

So happy with his weight right now well done pony
I lunged him yesterday, just gentle walk and trot since it had been quite a while since his last work and he was a very good boy. No pictures because it hailed all over us so I'll give you some pictures of our last ride which I realised I never blogged.

So while Sunny has been off work, Ron has been playing! He's done a little bit of jumping on the leat which he seemed to thoroughly enjoy...

And then some bird put a saddle on him and sat on him!

He seemed very confused by the whole situation. We think he may be a little younger than he was aged at by the RSPCA so the plan with him is to just take it really slow and see what happens. He may be backed this year, he may not, we'll see how it goes. There's no rush he's just a baby.
I promise I'll try and be better at blogging again, I will!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The ulcer chronicles

This morning, after a night of being shut in a stable with no bedding, no food and a muzzle on to stop him eating his own.....uh huh, Sunny had the vet out to scope for ulcers. It was a gradual change in behavior over the last couple of years that after reading some posts right here on good old blogger, made me think could be something more. I'd had his back, teeth and saddle all checked and nothing explained it so this was just the last thing on the list which I hadn't thought about before. But it turns out Mr Monkey does in fact have some grade 1 and 2 ulcers. He was actually really good for the gastroscopy, particularly considering he had to be nil by mouth for 12 hours so was understandably in a pretty sad mood. It took quite a lot of sedation to get him sleepy enough (apparently he handles it quite well) and then he came around very quickly after but the whole procedure was relatively quick and he was over it in no time.
He's now starting a 4 week course of Peptizole (omeprazole), 10 days of antibiotics and a probiotic supplement and hopefully he'll be back to his old self soon.